Roaring Fork alum leads pack |

Roaring Fork alum leads pack

G. Sean Kelly
GSPI Sports Editor

After struggling with injuries during her sophomore season at Williams College, 2002 Roaring Fork High School graduate Caroline Cretti seems to be back in top form after her junior year.

Cretti, who won back-to-back Class 3A state titles in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, took second place in the 10,000 meters at the recent NCAA Division III Women’s Championships at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

“It’s the best I’ve placed in the 10K, then I sort of bonked in the 5K,” said Cretti, who is back at home in Carbondale for the summer.

Cretti clocked in at 35 minutes, 9.34 seconds in the 10,000, finishing behind Carter Hamill, of Amherst College, who finished in 34:00.43. Cretti’s “bonk” in the 5,000 meters led to a ninth-place finish.

Cretti holds the women’s school record at Williams for both events with outdoor times of 16:29.70 and 34:35.71. She set both records her freshman year.

The outdoor championships wrapped up a season in which Cretti notched a second-place finish in the indoor NCAA Division III Championships in the 5,000 (16:55.08) ” also coming in behind Hamill ” and she also finished fourth in the cross country nationals, helping Williams to a Division III national team title.

The key for next season will be getting the top spot on the podium.

“That’s the goal,” Cretti said of winning an individual national title. “A bunch of people graduated who had been my competition. That’s the ultimate goal, but the first goal is to stay healthy.”

Cretti said she will likely compete in two or three of the races around the Roaring Fork Valley this summer, but, after nine months of running, doesn’t plan on pounding the pavement in competitions too much.

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